Good deep red. Black raspberry, sassafras, road tar and spicy oak on the nose. Sweet berry fruit shows an almost liqueur-like creaminess, but a peppery element and good underlying minerality lend grip to the finish, which features a fine dusting of tannins and nice cedary persistence. An excellent second wine.
Second wine of Haut-Brion. 34% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. More concentrated colour than the Chapelle de la Mission, the stablemate second wine. More opulent, ripe nose than either of the wines from La Mission. In this wine what seemed like austerity in the Mission wines seems like coolness. Very supple – a very good Bahans. Mellifluous with real lift though no enormous concentration. Just a slight inkiness on the finish shows the vintage. Not for very long keeping but lots of pleasure here.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018
Robert Parker 86
Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2006 horizontal, the 2006 Bahans-Haut-Brion has a fragrant earthy, woodland, almost autumnal bouquet that is well defined and fully mature. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightweight perhaps but with a keen thread of acidity, attenuated slightly towards the finish. Drink sooner rather than later would be my advice. Tasted April 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2023